13/1432 Pte Harry GLOVER 13th York and Lancaster Regiment.
1ST BARNSLEY PALS
Killed in action 11th March 1917
13-1432 Pte Harry GLOVER 13th York and Lancaster Regiment
Harry’s British War Medal
Harry was born around 1892 at the village of Ardsley, Barnsley, now a part of South Yorkshire. He was born into a coal mining family which can be seen from the census. In 1901 the family lived at Grange Lane, Ardsley but by the time of the 1911 census they had moved to 13 Bank Street, Stairfoot, Barnsley and Harry’s occupation is that of colliery rope repairer.
On the 6th September 1914 Harry joined the army, attesting at Wath On Dearne and being drafted into the reserve battalions of the Kings Own Light Infantry. However on the 2nd July 1915 he is transferred to the 13th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment – 1st Barnsley Pals.
In December of 1915 the battalion is sent to the Mediterranean where it remained until March 1916 and then they were sent to the Western theatre of operations in France. It was here during the months from July 1916 until January 1917 that Harry was admitted to hospital several times with scabies.
On the 11th March 1917 Harry was killed by a shell whilst in the front line trenches at Pozieres as can be seen by the testimony of his commanding officer.
Barnlsey Chronicle entry
Harry is remembered at the Thiepval memorial.
Barnsley Chronicle article 2014
I am pleased to report that I was able to reunite Melvin with Harry’s British War Medal and knowing he has now found the memorial plaque still residing within the family I wish him the best of luck in locating the Victory medal.